Franjieh Broadcasts Video on Twitter ...What Was the Message?إقرأ هذا الخبر بالعربية
Marada Movement chief and a runner in the presidential elections MP Suleiman Franjieh, posted a video on Twitter that some interpreted as a message to his rival in the race MP Michel Aoun.
Franjieh posted a video of a remote controlled toy car with orange wheels (the color of the Free Patriotic Movement's slogan) moving randomly and spinning around itself in a room with a closed door.
Some have interpreted the video as mimicking the situation in Lebanon as being controlled by foreign powers.
Others said the video was downloaded by mistake, while some said that the orange wheels of the car convey a message to founder of the Free Patriotic Movement of MP Michel Aoun as for the post of presidency.
Franjieh's video comes after allegations that Aoun's chances to become a president have dimmed, following the speech of his ally Hizbullah leader Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah over the weekend that urged him to hold consultations with Franjieh, and Speaker Nabih Berri in order to end the deadlock.
For his part, Franjieh has affirmed on more than one occasion that he will not withdraw his nomination for the post.
Lebanon has been without a president since the term of Michel Suleiman ended in May 2014 and Hizbullah and MP Michel Aoun's Change and Reform bloc and some of their allies have been boycotting the parliament's electoral sessions, stripping them of the needed quorum.
Al-Mustaqbal Movement chief Saad Hariri's recent return to Lebanon has triggered a flurry of reports about a possible presidential settlement that the ex-PM is exploring the possibility of endorsing Aoun for the presidency in a bid to break the deadlock.
Hariri, who is close to Saudi Arabia, launched an initiative in late 2015 to nominate Franjieh for the presidency but his proposal was met with reservations from the country's main Christian parties as well as Hizbullah.
The supporters of Aoun's presidential bid argue that he is more eligible than Franjieh to become president due to the size of his parliamentary bloc and his bigger influence in the Christian community.